Fernando Alonso admits he was “having a bit of fun” when he spun his McLaren during opening practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Spaniard finished the morning session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 11th fastest, despite the minor spin as he returned to the pits.
“Today felt more like a test day than the Friday of a grand prix weekend,” he said. “But it’s been positive: we ended the day without any technical problems, and we completed everything on our run programme.
“I had a little spin at the end of FP1 – I was pushing on one of my in-laps, just having a bit of fun, when the car pirouetted at Turn 12.”
Alonso is confident McLaren can close on its rivals this weekend after a positive opening day of running.
“The track was a little bit slower today than it was in winter testing, and we had to adapt the car to today’s conditions, but hopefully tomorrow we can be a little bit closer to the cars at the front.
“We’ve made a number of positive steps today, and the car seemed to behave well, but we have a lot of work to do tonight. We need to pull everything together and then select the best parts for qualifying tomorrow.”
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